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Jack “Jackie” Nicklaus II, son of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, spoke to his father at “The Ingraham Angle” on Friday about the importance of family, even if you are a great athlete with all these different responsibilities and visibility.
Nicklaus II is the author of “Best Seat in the House – 18 Golden Lessons From a Father to His Son”. The nickname of the elder Nicklaus is the “Golden Bear”.
Nicklaus told host Laura Ingraham of his most memorable win when his son joined him as a caddy during the 1986 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
“We played great and we won and Jackie was a tremendous help – and it was very special to come off the 18th green, hug my son and share what is probably my most celebrated win.”
“My family has always been number 1, golf has always been number 2 and my business has always been number 3,” he added. “As long as I kept my family first and my priorities there, I wanted them there. Had I decided golf was more a priority and more of a legacy, I could have played a lot more years, I could have probably in my 30s and probably not watching the kids play sports or introducing them to things like not being a dad. “
Nicklaus II added that his father always saw the big picture when it came to his family about sports.
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“I know his golf competitors were entangled, and even myself, when I tried to play golf, I lost to what that meant that day,” he said.
“Sure, he could have played a lot more golf tournaments, but I think dad will agree with me on inheritance – inheritance is his family. I hope my inheritance will be my family, my children and so on. “